To revive handwriting and introduce the art of decorative handwriting, The Navhind Times Planet J organised a workshop on calligraphy on Sunday, August 20 at Dempo House, Panaji. Open to the age group of 12 to 18 years, the workshop aimed at giving participants some important tips on using calligraphy creatively in a simple and doable fashion. Hundred and seventeen youngsters along with a few parents participated in the half day workshop conducted by Vikrant Fernandes, who has been teaching the art form since the last twenty years to school and college students besides adults.

Calligraphy is considered to be one of the oldest forms of writing in the world; a practice spanning at least 3000 years, and whilst it was once used largely for religious purposes, it is now evolved and is used for a wide variety of reasons,” explained Fernandes as he gave a brief history about the ancient art. “Considered as a form of visual art, calligraphy has been used by many ancient civilizations in their texts, edicts, etc. Now it continues to flourish in the form of wedding and event invitations, paintings, font design, graphic design, props and moving images for film and television, and other handmade presentations. This budding profession is integrated into the fields of fashion and interior designing as well,” he added while speaking on the merits of learning the art form.

The various tools used for marking and writing calligraphy were elaborated on. Participants were shown the different types of pencils and brushes used in calligraphy and the manner in which they are to be maintained was also explained.

In the practical session that followed, worksheets were distributed and chisel point pencils were given. These pencils were individually and painstakingly hand sharpened with a chisel/blade to have the right thickness and flatness on one side and a point at an angle on the other. Participants were then shown how the pencil was to be held and used. Each alphabet was demonstrated in cursive print and it was amazing to see the skill and ease with which participants were following the demonstration. Fernandes and his assistants went round to each work table, checking on the progress made and each worksheet was corrected by Fernandes. An assistant was also in place to sharpen the pencils used by participants so at any given time, they had the right point and thickness as was required.

After completing the alphabets in capitals, the small fonts were undertaken. By this time, all present had got a hang of the technique and were more than ready for the second worksheet that comprised of tills, sways, swashes and swags in ascending and descending order. The difficulty level of this part of the session was much higher but participants followed instructions attentively and did their best.

In the last session, Fernandes demonstrated how to make cards using card paper and punched paper. The workshop ended with certificates of participation being handed out to all.


I just loved the workshop and was happy to be a part of it. Thank you Navhind Times.

Mooskan Khan, Our Lady of the Rosary HSS, Dona Paula

It was nice to be a part of the workshop. We learn so much through these workshops organised by Navhind Times.

Vandit Naik, Don Bosco College of Agriculture, Sulcorna

I enjoyed the workshop and know it will help me in the future.

Afeeda Basti, Fr Agnel College, Pilar

It was a learning experience and it was great. Thank you Navhind Times.

Ryan Rodrigues, Vidya Prabodhini, Porvorim

It was a good experience and I enjoyed it. I learnt the various styles of calligraphy.

Vidhi Kamat, Our Lady of the Rosary HSS, Dona Paula

I enjoyed the workshop, it was very nice.

Trusha Kamat, Dr Hedgewar High School, Panaji

It was a helpful workshop and I have now learnt how to use a calligraphy pencil and pen.

Bushra Mulla, Chowgule College, Margao

It was a nice experience that has improved my writing skills. Thanks Navhind Times.

Farheen Mulla, GVM, Ponda

I had a wonderful time learning calligraphy for the 1 st time. I would like to come for many more workshops.

Janhavi Mhambrey, Saraswat High School, Mapusa

It was wonderful and I liked it very much.

Kaitlin Rebello, Mary Immaculate High School, Panaji

Now I have something to boast about! It was truly wonderful.

Neha Bhandari, Manovikas School, Margao

It was an interesting and helpful workshop. I learnt a new art.

Shreyas Silimkhan, Mushtifund High School, Cujira

Calligraphy will help me in my projects as well as my personal life. I enjoyed the workshop.

Murtujabi Mulla, Vidhya Prabodhini College, Povorim

The workshop was wonderful and helpful. Thank you.

Yash Muzumdar, Dr Hedgewar High School, Panaji

The workshop was really amazing and interesting. I got to learn many things that will help me in the future.

Saloni Patil, Don Bosco College of Agriculture, Sulcorna

It was a very interesting session. I learnt the basics with ease and had fun doing it.

Jonathan D’Sa, King’s School, Margao

The Gothic style in calligraphy that I learnt was absolutely awesome.

Seattle Rodrigues, St Andrew’s College, Vasco

It was simply amazing to learn to write in such an artistic manner.

Priyanka Parab, Don Bosco College of Agriculture, Sulcorna

The workshop was well conducted and it was very encouraging to see so many children taking part so enthusiastically.

Kripa Narayan, teacher, Sharada Mandir, Panaji

It was an awesome workshop and I enjoyed it and learnt so much.

Venkatesh Vinod, Sunshine Worldwide School, Old Goa

It was an amazing experience learning calligraphy from an experienced teacher. I hope to attend many workshops organized by Navhind Times.

Sidhi Arsekar, St Xavier’s Higher Secondary School, Mapusa

The manner in which the art was explained in detail made it easy to understand and practice. Thank you Navhind Times.

Devashri Kamat, St Xavier’s College, Mapusa

It was wonderful and will help me a lot.

Madhusudan Hasbe, Holy Family School, Porvorim

I would like to thank sir Vikrant Fernandes for making time and coming to teach us. It was an amazing workshop.

Rizya Po, Chubby Cheeks Spring Valley High School, Succorro

Thank you Navhind Times and sir Vikrant for a wonderful workshop.

Devati Bohra, Our Lady of the Rosary HSS, Dona Paula

The workshop was too good. I loved it.

Aaryan Tarker, G S Amonkar Vidya Mandir, Mapusa

The workshop was very nice and I liked it a lot. Hope to come back again.

Chelsea D’Souza, home-schooling

It was an interesting workshop.

Ashish Dangui, St John of the Cross, Sanquelim